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FALL 2022 – Season 28

January 2022/Annual Poetry Salon

Julie Bloemeke*
Sean Hill*
Jennifer Franklin*

SPRING 2022 – Season 27

Feb 2022/ Oral Storytelling
Devan Sandiford*
Regina Stoops*
Lily Be*
March 8, 2022/Unspoken Histories
Catherine Kapphahn*
Stephanie Han*
Sandell Morse*
April 2022/Resistance
Michelle Herman*
Lauren Francis Sharma*
Susanna Horng*
May 2022/Power — Season Closer!
Jacquelyn Mitchard*
Sadeqa Johnson*
Marie Myung-Ok Lee

June 2022/Better Beach Books – a surprise popup!
Mat Johnson*
Leslie Gray Streeter*
Anne D LeClaire*

FALL 2021 – Season 26

Sept 14/Back to School
Peter Lerangis*
Jennifer J Chow*
Jennie Englund*
Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan

October 2021/Searching for Safety
Tommy Dean*
Maya Shanbhag Lang*
Andrew Altschul*
November 9, 2021/The Haves & The Have Nots
Jotham Burrello* (textile)
Amy Shearn
Sara Schaff*
December 14, 2021/Holiday Season Closer
David Ebenbach
David Mura*
Rion Amilcar Scott*

“Writing with kids underfoot” – May 2021 – END OF OUR 25th Season

25th Season Closer with literary powerhouses premiering new work: Livecast on May 11, 2021 featuring Joshua Henkin, Sergio Troncoso & Alice Elliot Dark. Watch the playback. Browse their BOOKS.

“Love & Loss” – April 2021

April 13, 2021. Marion Winik, Melanie S. Hatter and Marian Fontana read from new work and discuss many aspects of loss. Marian lost her firefighter husband in 9-11. Melanie wrote of the loss of a sister. Marion rounded out the evening with a loss that was not only communal, but hilarious. Watch the playback of the Livecast. And purchase their books through this link.

“Identity” – March 2021

March 9, 2021. Bryan Van Dyke,  Dylan Landis, and Angela Himsel read from new work and Dylan actually premiered an unpublished novel! Discussion centered on Identity: who gets to define who we are, or do we actually get to choose for ourselves? What happens when the world disagrees with our opinions of who/what we are. Who has the final word? Click to browse or purchase THEIR BOOKS. And here is a link to the Livecast recording.

“First Generation” – February 2021

February 9, 2021. Esther Amini, Kris Jansma, and Tina Chang read memoir, a novel excerpt and poetry respectively, and engaged in vibrant discussion about first generation Americans. Highlights include an exchange about honor and a conversation about respecting heritage vs. embracing freedoms. Here’s a link to the Livecast recording.
THEIR BOOKS can be browsed and purchased through this link.

13th Annual Poetry Salon – 2021

January 12, 2021. Three outstanding poets, each a talent unto themselves: Anselm Berrigan, Mary Harpin, and Artress Bethany White read many poems, told many stories, and kept the audience enraptured for our Annual Winter Poetry Salon. Moderated by M. M. De Voe and Christina Chiu. Livecast recording right here!

24th Season Closer

December 8, 2020. A star-studded night with American Book Award winner Trey Ellis discussing his Emmy nominated scripts, with Mermaids-novelist and Pen Parentis favorite Patty Dann presenting her newest novel The Wright Sisters, and National Book Award winner Julia Glass reading from her unpublished forthcoming novel! Moderated by M. M. De Voe and Christina Chiu. Livecast recording now available! Here are their many, many books to peruse!

“The F Word (Feminism)”

November 10, 2020. Bushra Rehman, Matt Jakubowski and Robert Levy and introducing our new Pen Parentis Writing Fellow: DAWN RYAN! co-hosts M. M. De Voe and Christina Chiu led the discussion about allies, the publishing industry, tastemakers, and what constitutes prestige. THE NOVEMBER BOOKS  link allows you to buy from an indie bookstore near you and Pen Parentis gets a donation too! Video on Facebook (unedited and we are SO sorry about the tech issues).

“Across the USA”

October 13, 2020. We reached out “Across the USA” with a highly intellectual salon featuring the incredible talents of Wendy S Walters, Darin Strauss, and Andrew Simonet. They talked with Christina Chiu and M. M. De Voe about metaphysics, fine arts, family-balance, and the reasons they adore fictional realities. Video recording is available here. Follow this link for October’s books

“New York, New York”

September 8, 2020: Pen Parentis speaks to three native New Yorkers who write and live New York City, including the co-editor of Empire City. David S. Dunbar, Carol LaHines, and Beverly Gologorsky chat with Christina Chiu and M. M. De Voe on a Livecast about loving New York, its energy, synergy, and then there is a fascinating digression about serendipity and whether you can cause it. Click here to see the video recording!  SEPTEMBER’s books

“Alumnae of Pen Parentis”

July 2020: Pen Parentis revisits New York Times-acclaimed novelists Gae Polisner, Joanna Hershon and Elizabeth Kadetsky in an interactive summer Livecast celebration of excellent novels by powerful literary women who also happen to have kids. Click here to see the video recording with Christina Chiu and M. M. De Voe !


June 9, 2020: Helen Schulman  Deborah Paradez  and Davon Loeb discussed Technology in a LiveCast from their homes with hosts Christina Chiu and M. M. De Voe . In addition to reading from new work, they discussed writing during quarantine, having kids at home 24/7, staying on creative track, Black Lives Matter, diversity and how it affects them personally, and how writing intermingles with current events. The recording of the livecast is available here.

“Springtime Grand Slam” – our first official ONLINE LIVECAST

May 12, 2020:  Gish Jen, Ted O’Connell, and Granville Wyche Burgess joined on a Livecast from a country home in upstate Vermont, a small town in Washington state, and the Deep South to talk baseball, Kafka, renewals, rejuvenations, and other beginnings–including their own! Moderated by M. M. De Voe and   Christina Chiu, whose book Beauty, was newly launched that week –Granville told us about his days of being an Emmy nominated screenwriters, and Gish explained where she got the ideas in her novel The Resisters. Ted even plays his guitar! Check out this recording of the livecast.

“Transforming Discouragement into Motivation” – A PANDEMIC POP UP!

April 14, 2020 – our Technology Salon was postponed to June 9th, so Christina Chiu rounded up some good friends of Pen Parentis to talk about a topic dear to the heart of all writers. This star-studded panel, with Sergio Troncoso, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Charles Salzberg and M. M. De Voe, moderated by Chiu, originally presented on this topic in 2019 at the AWP Writing conference in Portland, OR. Reconvened online during the pandemic, this inspiring talk was recorded live on the date the Salon should have run. Watch the entire roundtable.

“THE BODY” – our FINAL regular in-person Salon!

March 10, 2020 – with Kathryn Curto (because of Covid-19 related concerns, David Ebenbach and Caroline Hagood were unable to make it)  — what should have been a full house was instead an intimate roundtable!

To see our photos from the event, click here.

To watch the Livecast recording (from the day before New York City closed its public spaces), click here.


February 11, 2020: with Richard Peabody and Dawn Raffel (Jose de Pierola was unable to make the event)

Photos from the event, click here!

To watch the Livecast recording, click here.


January 14, 2020: “Annual Poetry Salons” with poets Sarah Kain Gutowski, Tim Donnelly, Diane Mehta (canceled due to illness), Len Lawson, and Nancy Hoch.

Check out the photos! 

Watch Livecast Recording. (thanks for recording this, Lisette!)

SEASON ELEVEN (in person):

September 10, 2019: “Freedom” with Renee Simms, Virginia Hartman & Jess DeCourcy Hinds   —

October 8, 2019: “Alternative Lives” with Amy Edwards, Janice Eidus, and Randon Billings Noble
Watch the livecast recording

November 12, 2019: “Small Towns, USA” with Marie Lee, Jimin Han, and Keetje Kuipers
See the photos or Watch the livecast recording

December 10, 2019: Annual Author Mingle & Season Closer – “All in the Family,” with Terese Svoboda, Susan Van Sciver, and Huda Al-Marashi
See the photos   –   or    Watch the livecast recording